World's 50 Best 2017 revealed in Melbourne

The winning restaurants and chefs for the 2017 World's 50 Best List revealed, with a number of chefs also operating venues in the Middle East
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Virgilio Martinez is on the 2017 World's 50 Best list.
Virgilio Martinez is on the 2017 World's 50 Best list.

The restaurants which made it to the 2017 edition of World's 50 Best were announced yesterday (April 5, 2017) in Melbourne, Australia.

Claiming the top spot for the first time was New York's Eleven Madison Park, as well the title of The Best Restaurant in North America. The venue debuted on the list at No.50 in 2010, and has been in the top 10 since 2012, rising to third spot last year.

Last year's winner, Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, by Massimo Bottura claimed the No. 2 position, and retained its title as The Best Restaurant in Europe.

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Spain's El Celler De Can Roca made it to third position, France's Mirazur was fourth.

France, Spain and the USA each count six restaurants on the 2017 list, with the list featuring nine new restaurants: six making their debut and three returning to the list as re-entries.

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After claiming the No.1 position for a third consecutive year at Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony in February this year, Gaggan in Bangkok has risen 16 places to No.7 this year, also claiing The Best Restaurant in Asia title. Last year. the restaurant was on No. 23, and has risen through to the top 10. The chef, Gaggan Anand, has previously expressed an interest in opening a restaurant in Dubai.

Japanese chef Yoshihiro Narisawa saw success with his restaurant Narisawa making it to No. 18 this year, while Vladimir Mukhin's White Rabbit was awarded No. 23 on the list. Elena Arzak and Juan Mari Arzak's restaurant Arzak in San Sebastian, Spain was revealed as No. 30 on the list, and Copenhagen's Relae by Christian Puglisi was No. 39.

Debuting on the list was Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen, the restaurant headed by Yannick Alléno, at No.31, also  earning the Highest New Entry Award, sponsored by Aspire Lifestyles. The French chef has restaurants in the UAE, at the One&Only Palm in Dubai

New York-based pastry entrepreneur Dominique Ansel, who founded his Soho bakery in 2011 and launched the cronut, was also honoured this year, claiming the 2017 title of The World’s Best Pastry Chef.

The World's 50 Best Restaurants group editor William Drew said in statement:: "The World’s 50 Best Restaurants is proud to bring together the leaders in global gastronomy for this annual celebration. All 50 restaurants represent the very best culinary experiences and talent. We congratulate each one, as well as all the individual award winners, on their remarkable achievements, innovation and creative passion."

Some of the event partners included Etihad Airways as the official airline partner, San Pellegrino and Acqua Panna as the official water partner, Miele as the official kitchen appliances partner and sponsor of the ‘Miele One To Watch Award’, Lavazza as the official coffee partner and sponsor of the ‘Highest Climber Award’.

View the full list here.

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